FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 2017, 5:00 p.m. CDT
Contact Jason Hogue, Peru State College Marketing and Communications, 402.872.2429
Peru, Nebraska – The Center Schoolhouse, usually referred to as the Little Red Schoolhouse, on the Peru State College Campus is now a Visitor and Interpretive Center for the College. A ribbon cutting was held on Saturday, May 6, following commencement.
The Little Red Schoolhouse served students at the corner of US 75 and Brock Road for many years before school districts consolidated in Nemaha County. Once a landmark on the drive between Auburn and Nebraska City, the schoolhouse was saved from demolition when it was rebuilt brick-by-brick on the Peru State Campus.
According to the bronze plaque on the side of the building–now Visitor and Interpretive Center – the schoolhouse “is dedicated to the many teachers who trained at Peru State College”
Michelle Kaiser, recent Peru State College graduate, adds, “I wasn’t aware of this building really being used for much, so I thought that might be just a be a perfect fit. For an old, one-room schoolhouse to serve as a legacy and memorial for all the things we’ve done here at Nebraska’s oldest college and originally Nebraska’s teaching college.”
Dr. Dan Hanson, president of Peru State College, said, “As often happens on campus, the best projects are proposed by students. I would like to thank Michelle Kaiser, Phi Alpha Theta and their advisor, Dr. Sara Crook, for their tremendous work getting this project started.”